Athletes, politicians, astronauts, movie stars, religious leaders, authors and business executives have one thing in common: If you ask, they might send a letter of congratulations to the new Eagle Scout in your life.
These Eagle congratulations letters fascinate me for two reasons: One, they thrill new Eagle Scouts who see that someone famous took the time to send them a letter. (Sure, some are form letters, but it’s the thought that counts.)
And two, by reading these letters you often learn about the previously undeclared positive feelings the famous person has toward Scouting and Eagle Scouts.
Blog readers have told me about letters, signed photos and postcards received from an eclectic list of people, such as Mike Rowe, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Homer Hickam, Chuck Norris (see above!), Steven Spielberg, Shaquille O’Neal, Morgan Freeman, Jackie Chan, Coretta Scott King, Jeff Foxworthy and more.
So check the mailbox, dig out the scrapbooks and fire up the scanner. Here’s how to send your Scout’s Eagle congratulations letters to me:
- Scan or take a photo of the congratulatory note.
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line “Eagle letter.”
- I’ll use Photoshop to digitally remove the Eagle’s last name and address before posting on the blog.